What our former students have to say:

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Katharina von Schnurbein  

European Commission Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism, Brussels

Class of 1999

"Being part of the first ZEI master class we felt like pioneers. The most precious result is that all of us are still in regular contact. As to the Master degree itself, it appears that the program was the perfect match for my previous Slavonic studies. "

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Matthieu Bertrand

Head of Unit, Mandate Operations Unit
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

Class of 2007

“One of the strongest aspects of the program is that the professors teaching the program are people with first-hand knowledge and experience in EU affairs and in the EU institutions.”

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Ann Mettler

Vice President, Europe at Breakthrough Energy


Class of 1999

“ ZEI prepared me for my career by giving me the economic, institutional, political and legal underpinnings of the European Union”

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Tristan Suffys

Secretary General at Eurogypsum, Brussels

Class of 2003

"ZEI taught me the diversity of perceptions of the EU and the complexity of defining a common project; the many different policies and jobs related to EU affairs; and an open-mindedness."

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Christina Wunder  

Google, Corporate Communications Manager, Brussels

Class of 2013

“ZEI taught me the general functioning and 'basics' of the EU as well as how to connect the dots to the big picture. It helped prepare me for my career by introducing me to some key contacts in the institutions; I got my traineeship in the Commission thanks to an Alumna recommending me.”


Ignatius Oli 

International Program Manager, Alliance for Global Development, Luxembourg

Class of 2016

“From the coordination team to the tutors, there is an always ready ambience to listen, guide and assist at every step of the way during your program and afterwards. As a student far away from home, it gave me the unique family support I needed to keep my dream alive."


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Alumni Careers

Let ZEI open the door for your professional future. Hear from our Alumni about what can happen following a successful academic year at ZEI.

Careers of ZEI Alumni

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Martin Zimmek

Alstom, Integration DACH, Berlin

Class of 2004

“There are two very important success factors for an international career: excellent academic skills and international experience. I am convinced and know that ZEI provides both.”

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Karl Shimizu

Manager, Global Alliance at NTT DATA, Tokyo

Class of 2003

“Everything I learned at ZEI was very helpful for my career, because today I can understand and explain the internal European market in my daily work."

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Genevieve Decker 

Foreign Affairs Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington D.C.

Class of 2009

" The comprehensive program set in a small-classroom environment gave me a greater understanding of the European Union and it's role in the larger context. I developed very meaningful friendships and valuable contacts as a result of this program that I continue to rely on to this day." 

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